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21 June, 2005

Schools celebrate giving

Young people will start celebrating their charity involvement in school, as national independent youth initiative G-Week takes place from 2-8 July 2005.

G-Week logo.

G-Week, organised by Giving Nation, is a national celebration of young people’s fundraising, volunteering and campaigning activities. Hundreds of schools will be reflecting on the value and impact of their charity-related work or participating in charitable activities.

With over 600 schools taking part last year and over 25,000 certificates sent out to date, Giving Nation is anticipating a high participation in G-Week 2005, as pupils seek to understand charity and the impact their involvement can have.

This also follows a year of high profile charity related campaigns such as the tsunami disaster relief, Make Poverty History’s Live8 and the G8 Summit.

For 2005, the third year of G-Week since the awareness-raising campaign began, Giving Nation has set two dynamic challenges for young people in school:

The We Are What We Do Challenge (www.wearewhatwedo.org/gweek), from the illustrated bestselling book Change the World for a Fiver. Specially designed lesson and assembly plans from Giving Nation encourage pupils to choose from over 20 challenges, such as ‘Turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth’ and see the impact young people can make collectively in their class, their year group or their whole school;

Not in My Name challenges young people to create a piece of artwork on the theme of global warming, to bring attention to the threat of sea-level rise to the islands devastated by the recent tsunami. Giving Nation will then send a petition in art to the G8 leaders, meeting during the same week as G-Week.

To accompany G-Week, the 2005 Giving Nation Awards will close for judging on 17 July. In a new online format pupils create their own school charity site, hosted on the Giving Nation website, with photos, illustrations and text. One school from each of 8 regions, including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, can win £1,000, whilst this year’s top award is an ‘International Wilderness Challenge’.

Schools can order their free Giving Nation pack and find out how they can get involved by visiting www.g-nation.co.uk/teacher, or by calling Giving Nation on 020 7367 0504.

Giving Nation exists to promote all charities to young people, whilst raising the status of charitable giving among 11-16yr olds. Launched in 2002, materials are now in over 70% of the UK’s secondary schools. Teachers have commented that G-Week allows them to bring all their year’s charity activity under one focus and creates a positive ethos of whole school involvement.

In addition to class materials, G-Week in July celebrates charity activity in school, an awards event takes place at Downing Street in October and www.g-nation.co.uk has over 15,000 registered members.

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